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Michigan Heavyweight Lucas Davison: UM’s Program ‘Maybe Rivals Penn State’

Photo by Michigan Athletics: Lucas Davison

Penn State wrestling truly is “unrivaled.”

Late Friday night, the team clinched its 11th national championship in 13 seasons under the legendary Cael Sanderson. 

No schools come close to Penn State in wrestling, but Michigan comes closer than most. 

UM currently sits a distant second in the standings (84.5 points behind) and finished a distant second (47 points) to Penn State at the Big Ten championships in College Park, Maryland earlier this month. Although Michigan and everybody else is far from Penn State’s level, one can’t deny that it’s a successful program, and this season, heavyweight Lucas Davison has been a big reason why. 

After upsetting third-seeded Wyatt Hendrickson of Air Force, No. 10 Davison, who transferred to Michigan in the offseason after a successful career at Northwestern in which he was a two-time All-American, was highly complimentary of his program, as one would expect him to be.

“These coaches are world-class, man. Like, this program, second to none.”

Nothing too noteworthy from that line. But the next one might interest Penn State fans. 

(Michigan’s program) maybe rivals Penn State,” he said. “It’s a killer program. I mean, they know how to develop, they know how to recruit, and they know how to do everything. They have all the resources you need. It’s a great place to be, and there’s a reason we’re kicking butt.”

Davison has been “kicking butt” throughout the NCAA Championships, but so has Penn State heavyweight Greg Kerkvliet, who’s ranked No. 1. 

Kerkvliet beat Davison 8-3 when the two met in Ann Arbor this past January and will look to beat him again on a much bigger stage. The championship matches kick off at seven on ESPN.

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